Nicola co-founded Social Life with Saffron Woodcraft in early 2012, and in the last five years has Social Life's work internationally and in the UK.
Until July 2012, Nicola was the Young Foundation's Director of Local and Advisory Projects. She led the Young Foundation's work with local authorities and other partner agencies on local social innovation, setting up major programmes on communities, wellbeing and resilience, preventative investment, and local innovation, as well as overseeing the London Collaborative. Nicola developed the Young Foundation's advisory work portfolio, and has advised central and local governments and third sector agencies in the UK and internationally.
Before joining the Young Foundation, Nicola worked at the Home Office where she was a Deputy Director of the Anti-social Behaviour Unit and was Director of Safe in the City, an award winning SRB-funded action research programme set up to pilot new ways of preventing youth homelessness in London by working with young people and their families. She was also Director of Policy at Shelter.
Nicola is a Young Foundation Fellow, a fellow of the Academy of Urbanism, a Design Council BEE and a mentor for Bethnal Green Ventures. She is also a member of the Brent Design Advice Panel.